Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Mayoral Inauguration


Last night we managed to get ourselves a ticket for the inauguration of the new Mayor, Harry Singh at the Painted Hall in Greewnich. We're not going to lie to you, it was tedious.

What we did find particularly odd was when the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Paul Tyler opened the proceedings. He welcomed our Members of Parliament, clearly no one had told him they were all six miles down the river voting on the Government's Education Bill (two rebels, one toady).

Once the hello's were over we were subjected to a long and very dull speech from Chris Roberts. It should be said there were a few moments where are our eyes popped open in shock at what we heard. The admission that Greenwich was an unhealthy place to bring your children up in especially perked us up.

The piece de resistance for us though was when Roberts started ranting on about the Nazis and World War II. Why would this grab our attention? Well the night was also a 40th anniversary celebration of the twinning of some Borough in Berlin and a delgation was in the audience (invited to speak later on).

We have visions of later conversations along the lines of "don't mention the war, I mentioned it once but I think I got away with it."

3 Comments:

Anonymous Paul Webbewood said...

I thought the Nazi allusion was meant to be a riposte to the BNP vote in Eltham West.

5:14 pm  
Blogger greenwich.watch said...

Yes you're right, but if we'd said that we wouldn't have been able to get a Basil Fawlty reference in.

6:08 pm  
Anonymous gmt said...

But anyone would think from Roberts' speech that there were hundreds of BNP candidates in the borough. There was only the one. Unless he was talking about the Tories? His equally greasy colleague Alex Grant described them during the election as extremist .... and then had to withdraw his leaflet.

1:14 pm  

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